2013 fourth hottest year on record for planet: reports

19 January 2014

...It may be hard for some or maybe many...to grasp, but the impacts of climate change are very likely to cause more death than suffering than religiously motivated violence by several times. Yet, this still seems to be a side issue...when it comes to building cultures of peace, justice, and healing the Earth for all living beings.  

"Ocean temperatures were half a degree Celsius above the 20th century average. 

NASA says carbon dioxide is at its highest level in the atmosphere in 800,000 years, having risen from 285 parts per million in 1880 to 400 parts per million last year. 

Unless current trends change, the world should expect each of the coming decades to be warmer than the last, NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt says. 

He describes the warming of the past few decades as "unusual," and urges people not to judge whether climate change is happening or not based on random weather events like cold snaps." 


-Dave Randle